Small Group Activities for Using Text Features

This extensive PDF provides tons of learning activities focused on teaching students to use text features to comprehend expository text. The activities include concise directions along with most support materials. Each instruction page provides an objective, material list, activity steps, sample, and suggestions for extensions or adaptations. Most of the activities include authentic tasks paired with graphic organizers. The format is engaging and the activities are easy to implement in any classroom for practice, re-teaching, or challenge.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0301.6.2
Recognize the different features of informational texts (e.g., separate text boxes, diagrams, captions, charts, graphs).
GLE 0501.8.2
Experience various literary genres, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, chapter books, biography/autobiography, short stories, folk tales, myths,...
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Learning objectives: 

The student will identify parts of a book.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 

Look through book and create own questions to exchange with partner.

Label parts of the book using sticky notes or bookmarks (Activity Master C.011.AM1).

Helpful Hints

Materials Needed:

  • Expository books
  • Choose content area books used in the curriculum.
  • Student sheet (Activity Master C.011.SS)
  • Pencil